- John 11:26
- "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
- This passage is cited by Pentecostals and Evangelicals as proof that when one "accepts the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour", he is saved for eternity.
- Jesus said "whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." He refers to living believers who will be transformed directly from mortality to immortality without experiencing death.
- This interpretation is supported from the context:
- Verse 24 - speaks of the resurrection at the last day.
- Verse 25 - refers to believers who die before the last day, "though he were dead, yet shall he live."
- Verse 26 - completes the picture. Disciples alive at the Lord's return will put on immortality without experiencing the sleep of death.
- The Apostle Paul stated: "I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God." (1 Cor. 4:4-5 R.S.V.). Similarly, Jesus indicated in his parables that many who think they are "sheep" will find out that they are rejected as "goats". (Matt. 25:41-46 cf. 7:21-23; Luke 13:25-30). It is presumptuous, therefore, for one to declare "before the time" that one is irrevocably reserved for eternal favour.